By Martha Williams

It’s that time of year. Mornings are chilly, the leaves on the maple trees in front of my house are turning, and before long will be falling.

The apples on my little Macoun tree ripened and have been picked with hopes of a bigger crop next year.

In my book, there is no better apple than a Macoun. A cross between McIntosh and Jersey Black, they were developed at the experimental station in Geneva, New York.

I remember buying them at a local fruit stand near there when my kids were small. Bright white flesh, crunchy and juicy, with just the right ratio of sweet to tart. I do wish the apple growers around this part of the country would try them.

I’ve come to the conclusion that one dwarf tree is not enough, and hopefully I will import a couple more from Canandaigua, New York, next spring. Who knows, if I have more to spread around maybe I can encourage an interest in them here.

We have a number of things coming up this month, and I think we’ll continue to do so through the holidays:

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Grace Lutheran church brings Allan Lemke in his performance of “Martin: The Life of Martin Luther.” The performance is free, and all are welcome. The program has had positive reports by both Lutheran and other denominations, and has been performed in more than 23 states.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the Ladies Christian Fellowship will meet at the Trinity Center of St.Paul’s Episcopal

Church. There will be a speaker, special music, and a report on the progress of the Not Ashamed club at the high school. Lunch will be catered by Lesina’s at $12 per person. Reservations are needed to order sufficient food. For that and any questions, call Liz at 707-464-3539, or Bonnie at 707-482-3705.

Oct. 21, Grace Lutheran is sponsoring a hurricane relief fish fry at the fairgrounds. You can eat in or take out for a donation of $10. Proceeds will be matched by Thrivent Financial.

On Oct. 22, the Seventh-day Adventist church brings you this year’s annual vegetarian cooking class. The theme this year is “A Vegan Thanksgiving.” There will be demonstrations, door prizes and samples of various recipes. I may not be vegan but the listed dishes sound pretty good. Space is limited, so if you are interested, you need to call the church 707-464 -2738 to reserve.

Oct. 20, is game night at New Life Community Church. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Bring a snack item to share and your favorite board game or take part in a game already there. You are welcome even if you are not a member of New Life. It’s just good fun and fellowship and who knows, you might find a new friend.

Halloween is coming and it’s a time that we need to stay alert for the safety of our local youngsters. Please let me know if your church is planning a harvest party to give them a safe place to spend the evening.

To contact Martha Williams, call 707-460-3000, or email